IM September 2018


  • Back in business

    If you are involved in refractories, chances are you are having a busy 2018 so far, Davide Ghilotti explores in this month's editor's letter. Read More

Latest News


Market Monitor

Refractories Hotline

  • India’s infrastructure investment means heady times for refractories sector

    The Indian refractory industry is heading into an exciting period. It is heavily dependent on the domestic steel sector, and government plans for greatly expanded capacity for production of steel and cement in the next few years is expected to propel the refractory sector to new highs, Industrial Minerals correspondent Sunder Singh reports. Read More

Logistics News

  • Lithium pricing evolution and the role of price reporting agencies

    Metal Bulletin’s price development manager Jon Mulcahy, group statistician Inaki Villanueva and battery raw materials team leader Charlotte Radford elaborate on the pricing process for lithium amid a rapidly evolving market, and explain how Metal Bulletin is adapting its existing coverage to provide increased transparency in this sector. Read More


People & Places


  • Carol Jackson ‘We are going to be unstoppable’

    In a quest to make HarbisonWalker International its customers’ ‘first and only call,’ Carol Jackson has pulled out all the stops. “We are not your old refractory company,” she tells Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin. Read More

  • Demanding supply

    Pollution regulations and their enforcement in China, coupled with the maturity of the steel and refractory industries, are causing a third major disturbance to the global magnesia market. Read More

  • Dissecting alumina supply

    The non-metallurgical alumina market is diverse and complex and, over the past year, its main sub-sectors have been under pressure from rising costs and hiccups in supply, limiting availability of white fused, alumina hydrate and calcined alumina to the wider market, independent consultant, Ted Dickson, discovers. Read More

  • Fluorspar market on edge as new participants step in

    Moves by Canada Fluorspar and Sepfluor to enter the global fluorspar market have raised questions about how this will affect the worldwide supply and demand dynamic, and how fluorspar prices may be affected. Read More

  • Out of the melting pot: A year of change in refractories

    After a year of reorganization and changing narratives in the refractories industry – from significant M&A activity to raw material price spikes, and from booming end-market demand to uncertainties in global trade – Industrial Minerals correspondent Myles McCormick takes stock of a changed landscape for companies operating in the sector. Read More

  • The rise of the superabrasives

    Automotive manufacturers are demanding better accuracy and longer life from abrasive tools, and this has created an opportunity for a new family of high-performance synthetic abrasives, as Industrial Minerals correspondent Rose Pengelly discovers. Read More


  • Refractories have a new future with renewable energy

    Renewable energy has so far been excluded from consideration as an alternative to fossil fuels in the refractory industry, because of the sustained extreme temperatures needed in the production of materials. Amid growing concern about greenhouse gas emissions, new research from Australia may soon help companies to make a partial - or even a complete - switch to solar energy. Read More

Company Profile

  • Arciresa looks to Guyana for bauxite supplies

    Spanish bauxite processor and distributor Arciresa has agreed a deal with North American partner First Bauxite for the importing of raw bauxite from Guyana, to serve refractory producers in Europe and elsewhere, in the hope of breaking the sector’s dependence on China. Read More


  • IM Prices - July- August 2018

    Industrial Minerals analyses pricing trends across various markets and world regions in July-August, from the September issue of Industrial Minerals Magazine. Updates included on magnesia, soda ash, chromite, titanium dioxide, iodine and lithium. Read More